I have an older mare (Nine years old in 2012) that I would like to show next spring/summer in some local halter/showmanship. I'm not expecting us to win or anything, I'm just doing it for fun and to get her out there. In the past she was a broodmare and this is her first open year since 2004. (She was 1st bred in 2005 thru 2010 for a 2011 filly)
As we don't have any intact males we don't have to worry about any foals being born.
Obviously, we have some *ahem* weight issues to deal with in the belly region. I know this has been discussed on here before, but it has decreased in size since I last posted about her. The last time I posted about her was in July, and we had just started on jumps then. The belly is not caused by fat from what I can tell, because even when she was WAY underweight in 2010 she still had the belly. We're thinking that she stretched her pre-pubic tendon. My vet has noticed this as well, but we have not yet had a full conversation about it. We usually get too preoccupied with what ever we're working on to discuss it...and then she leaves and THEN I think about the belly. Sometime I need to actually remember to ask her about it, probably after I clip her.
I'm wondering if you guys could give me some tips on how to condition her for shows. (Just a few)
I had been working her on jumps some and it seems to have been doing well. I actually need to make some more because I only have one. I have been informed that it could actually be bad to only use one! So, I'll be making more.
I have also been interested in using cavaletti for her to build some muscle and in between the jumps. (alternating between jump and cavaletti)
I was hoping to break her to drive, but I don't think we'll be that far in her floatings and I haven't yet found a good harness in my price range.
I will have to make another thread about this, but I have been wondering about lunging. We're both having some issues with it, because I don't know what I'm doing and she's scared of the whip. So....she's usually fleeing in a circle from the lunge whip. I haven't tried to lunge her since October. I would like to learn how to lunge her, but I don't have anybody that could help me around me. I'm kind of at a loss in this. ANY help would be appreciated....along with pics.
What do you guys think about sweats? I've been thinking about using a sweat like this on her: Miniature Horse Full Body Lined Sweat Minitack.com
Any help would be awesome!
Pic (October 2011)
EDIT: I'm sorry if this doesn't go in this section. Sorry!